What do our children think about the program?
Ned- “I really enjoyed using the wheelbarrow to take the mulch down to outside the office area this week. The garden is looking better and better. We made delicious mini falafel burgers in the kitchen this week, they were very tasty!”
Lauren- “I really like how Nikki and Carolina include everyone and everyone has fun. I like planting and harvesting in the garden and cooking lots of delicious healthy food in the kitchen! It’s all so fun and I always look forward to Tuesdays.”
Violet- “I like how we have to try new foods in the kitchen, some of the foods I would never have tried before if it wasn’t for the program. It’s good to get some fresh air on Tuesdays when we are in the garden and not in the classroom!”
Other COVIDSafe requirements include: physical distancing, face masks, cough etiquette, and good hand hygiene.
Volunteers would need to check in at the school office using the COMPASS portal and obtain a visitor's lanyard.
If you are able to adhere to above requirements, please sign up using the appropriate class links below. Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes prior to your session commencing so office staff can view the correct documentation. You will only need to show your documentation once.
For more information about SAKGP volunteers please see HERE.
Children learn best through doing, through positive examples, through trial and error. We need to capture their interest, curiosity and energy as well as their appetites! The garden and kitchen provide a real-life context for learning, which interweaves the theories and practices behind growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal foods.
As participants in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, students discover the pleasures of hands-on food education, through regular classes in a productive vegetable garden and a home-style kitchen classroom.
Students learn to build and maintain a garden according to organic principles, and to grow and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. An abundant vegetable garden is created within the school grounds to provide edible, aromatic and beautiful resources for the school kitchen. The creation and care of the garden teaches students about the natural world, its wonders and beauty and how to cultivate and care for it.
In the kitchen, students prepare a range of delicious dishes from the seasonal produce they’ve grown. The finished meal is arranged with pride and care on tables set with flowers from the garden. The shared meal is a time for students, specialists, teachers and volunteers to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and each other’s company and conversation.
Read more about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program on their website here.